Tag Archives: Greyscale

Less than 50 shades of grey

I love it when a LEGO build leans into an aesthetic. This build by Jessica Farrell is done completely in monochrome – like an old timey movie – and displays a crumbling landscape frozen in stone and fossilization. There’s more interesting parts in this build than I can point out, but here are some of the highlights! Sprinkled around the build you’ll see tiny flowers in flat silver. These flowers were only available from the Trolls World Tour 2020 product line, while the arching spine on the upper left is made of parts that ceased production in 2016. There’s vines climbing the ruined pillars, and gears big and small. One thing I know for certain, Charlie Chaplin has to be hiding in there somewhere!

An imposing silhouette of a Jurassic figure

I’m mightily impressed with the prehistoric power communicated in this simplistic Apatosaurus sculpture by Ken Ito. Composed solely of grayscale LEGO, the dino showcases so many different ways to express a curved surface in the blocky form. The simplest example of this is curved slope bricks and arches, tools made exactly for the job of natural shapes. But we also see stepped plates and tiles along the lizard’s back and curves made of hinges along the neck and tail of the beast. Even the wedge plates along the back legs of the ‘saur, when combined with the knee bend, form a great curve leading into the rear of the beast. The backlit photo only further highlights all the great angles Ken has achieved.

Apatosaurus

It was a brick like any other...

Theres something about Film Noir that captures the heart of any cinephile and Casey McCoy brings us a Film Noir inspired scene in his latest LEGO build. I love the composition of this scene, effortlessly capturing the 30’s/40’s era. The attention to detail as you explore the construction is a real treat, from the window and blind build and on to the Art Deco radio, carpet (which is a master build in itself!) and Dado rail, which itself hidden behind set dressing that looks like its always been a part of the Private Eyes office.

Noir: A Grade-A Gray Day - 1

What’s of particular interest in this is that Casey hasn’t snapped his latest creation in black and white but instead taken full advantage of a limited greyscale colour palette to present this tale of a dame, a seedy detective and a brick. Now excuse me whilst I dip my fedora and fold up the collar of my raincoat…